lovelifefThe young woman in this cabinet card photograph is very pretty. However, what makes this portrait very special is this woman’s wonderful expression. She has a beautiful smile and a gleam in her eyes. She looks like she loves life. She also appears to love jewelry as she is wearing two bracelets and a ring. The photographer who produced this image is Benoit Bloch. He operated a studio at 179 Myrtle Avenue in Brooklyn, New York and according to city directories and newspaper advertisements, he conducted business in the 1870’s, 1880’s, and 1890’s.


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  1. I love this site! Thank you for hosting it. Given the time period, this woman’s look of satisfaction, almost a smile, sets it apart from most others where the expressions are so somber.
    I’m in search of a cabinet card of a woman named Irene A. V. House who I know was photographed by Nicholas Sarony in New York City between 1870 and 1875 as she mentioned it in a letter. She was a beautiful blonde and well known in the city even though she wasn’t in the theater. It was said that men would go to a popular Park Row restaurant just to get a glimpse of Irene. I’d love to know what she looked like.

    • Good luck in your search for the Sarony portrait of Irene House. I will be on the lookout for her photograph. This will be a tough find but part of the fun of collecting is the challenge and the adventure of the search.

  2. Thanks so much for keeping Irene House in your awareness. I have a sketch made from the photograph that appeared in the newspaper, but not the photo itself! It’s a long-shot but I feel that she’ll turn up.

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